on August 25, 2011 Weekend Escape – Tiki Oasis in San Diego

Weekend Escape – Tiki Oasis in San Diego

After a year spent being a good corporate boy, I decided to use some of my vacay to take a 4-day trip to sunny San Diego. As connoisseurs of anything 60’s kitsch, we timed it so that we could visit the 11th annual Tiki Oasis party. We spent the first two days hanging out at Coronado and Ocean Beach. They’re quite different though close in proximity, the former being one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S., the latter being chock full of literal beach bums (they don’t bite though).

We regrouped on Friday night to hit the Crowne Plaza for Tiki Oasis, which is the biggest event on the west coast for all things tiki. It’s a 4-day event including live music, burlesque shows, infamous afterparties, and plenty of Mai Tai’s. We saw the live show on Friday night, including MC King Kukulele, various dancers, a fire toting mermaid, and great bands. We held out for as long as we could but the early morning beach sun caught up to us.

We got in early to check out the car show outside on Saturday. There were definitely some decked-out rides including a Studebaker surf wagon, a tiki van, and everything in-between. We hit the marketplace to find some finishing touches for our wedding centerpieces. Molly bought me a really cool vintage button-up, and we caught some prime music acts including Los Straitjackets. We really tried to hang as long as possible, but realized a key component to being able to hang out at many of the room afterparties is to actually stay at the hotel. Driving even 20 mins away in an unfamiliar city after a couple exotic drinks wasn’t an option, but we’re marking next year’s calendar for Tiki Oasis 12.

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Written by David Hardy

David Hardy

David Hardy grew up in suburban Baltimore. Most of his twenties were spent in bands. He moved to Las Vegas when he lost a bet, but ended up loving it. He is a graphic designer, professor, and dreamer. He enjoys the many lowbrow activities that this city has to offer.


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